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Insight: Sequestration Impact on Counties / Silver Award / County Realignment / Spring Theater

Published March 18, 2013

Sequestration Impact on Counties - Now that the sequester is in full effect, how has it impacted Sacramento County's Health and Human Services department? We'll talk with Dr. Sherri Heller, director of the department, about the cuts and what her department is facing. We'll also speak with David Morikowa, program director for Meals on Wheels, about the impact to the meal-delivery organization.

Silver Award - Cadette Girl Scout troop 2153 in the Arden area of Sacramento is the process of completing their Silver Awards, which is the highest achievement you can earn as a Cadette. The troop - made up of eighth graders - have spent the past two years working on a Take Action/community service project at the Sacramento Children's Museum to help kids improve their eating habits. We'll talk with some of the troop members about the program and why they decided to take this project on.

County Realignment - California's county jails are stuck between a rock and hard place. Realignment is keeping jail officials from sending inmates to overpopulated state prisons while lawmakers are seeking tougher penalties for parole violations and other crimes. That leaves counties deciding whether to release parole violators or detainees awaiting sentencing. Here to discuss how Sacramento County is dealing with the situation is Sheriff Scott Jones.

(Listen to Insight's previous discussion about realignment with AP Reporter Don Thompson and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison.)

Spring Theater - Insight is fixing its gaze on Sacramento's theater scene this week by looking at a different stage production each day. Theater Week on Insight begins with an overview of the area's current productions with Capital Public Radio Theater Critic Jeff Hudson and Sacramento Bee Theater Critic Marcus Crowder.


Today's Guest Host: Rick Kushman is an award-wining journalist and former columnist for The Sacramento Bee, where he covered politics, was the national television critic, and wrote about wine and food and their connection to life in Northern California. He continues to write for regional and national media and his writing has appeared in publications ranging from Time Magazine to Sommelier Journal to Daily Variety.


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